Code of Conduct

About This Code of Conduct

The goal of this document is to provide a Code of Conduct for all stages of the CoNZealand Fringe event taking place Tuesday, 28 July 2020 through Sunday, 2 August 2020.

The CoNZealand Fringe event spans multiple channels, platforms and forms of social media. This includes public channels, private channels, direct messages, and all forms of live events.

The current admins of the Code of Conduct are:

Our Goal

CoNZealand Fringe is dedicated to providing a harassment-free space for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants or staff in any form. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be subject to the consequences detailed below. This includes being temporarily or permanently expelled from these spaces.

A Welcoming and Safe Environment

We aim to create environments in which diverse individuals can collaborate and interact in a positive and affirming way. Examples of behavior that contributes to creating this sort of environment include:

As a member of our community, you agree:

We condemn and will not tolerate:

And if we act in a way which another considers offensive, we will:

Anti-Harassment Stance

CoNZealand Fringe’s community does not tolerate harassment of any kind. Examples include:


Please be mindful that things you say at CoNZealand Fringe may be, or at some point become, public. We cannot prevent people from screencapping or otherwise logging conversations. We also can't guarantee that every member's login credentials and logged-in devices are secure. Files uploaded may be accessible by anyone with credentials.

Please exercise caution and refrain from sharing sensitive information that could harm you or others if it became public.


If you are being harassed by a member of our community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the administrators via a private message on the platform, or by email. If the person who is harassing you is on the admin team, they will not be involved in handling or resolving the incident.

The admin team will respond to any complaint as promptly as possible we can. If you do not get a timely response (for example, if no admins are currently online) then please put your personal safety and well-being first, and consider logging out until your message has been responded to.

This code of conduct applies to our community's spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of our community outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by our members, especially the administrators or EA's staff, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The admin team reserves the right to exclude people from the community based on their past behavior, including behavior outside of our spaces and behavior towards people who are not in this community.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

Enforcement Process

Every Code of Conduct violation report will be treated with seriousness and care. If a member's immediate safety and security is threatened, an individual admin may take any action that they deem appropriate, up to and including temporarily banning the offender from the community. In less urgent situations, at least two admins will discuss the offense and mutually arrive at a suitable response, which will be shared with the offender privately. Whatever the resolution that they decide upon, the decision of the admins involved in a violation case will be considered final.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we've received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of our members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the admins may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from privately maintained platforms and identifying the participant publicly as someone about whom we've received complaints.

Failing to follow the community guidelines as described in this document carries consequences.

At the discretion of the admins, or by request, one or more of the parties involved may request to discuss the violation and how to avoid similar situations in the future.

Message Retention

Most of our community spaces have limited message and file retention. However the companies which maintain them may have complete logs of all activity. Most of the companies who maintain these platforms are U.S. companies and therefore subject to subpoenas and other enforcement proceedings from U.S. courts. Logs may be subject to enforcement action and could become public as part of legal proceedings.

Acknowledgements and License

This code of conduct is based on the following sources: